Cinema: Toy Story 2 Directed by John Lasseter

Directed by John Lasseter

Woody (voiced again by Tom Hanks) confronts toy mortality, the temptations of celebrity and, yes, the possibilities of sexual adventure (with Joan Cusack's Jessica the cowgirl). That's a lot for an earnest little cowhand to handle. But the gang from Andy's bedroom (led by Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear, naturally) offers him daring, good-humored support during his multiple crises. Just getting Slinky the Dog, Rex the Dinosaur and Mr. Potato Head across a busy street is a task of Schwarzeneggerian proportions--but funny. Pixar's improved computer animation is up to all the demands of this excellent adventure.

--By Richard Schickel

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